Cometh the hour, but what of the man?
Four years ago, Barack Obama swept into the presidency of the USA on a tide of hope and renewal. But he inherited two wars and an economic crisis, and this week he sought re-election from an electorate in a wholly different mood.
The US economy is recovering, but it has not recovered fast enough to regain the faith of the millions hit in the pocket.
Nevertheless, he has won handsomely. In a large part because of brilliant organisation in the "swing states". He did not win on policy, except in as much as his opponent lacked plausible policies of his own.